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Monsters, according to popular opinion, live under beds. Koller (the Mole and Shrew books), rather than deny these beasts' existence, questions their frightful intentions. In this mildly suspenseful tale, a boy named Howard tells his mother, "I heard [a monster] snurkling under my bed." Meanwhile, a young monster informs his mother that he hears a boy "sneezing on top of my bed." Left alone by their disbelieving parents, human and monster peek at each other and shriek in fear; only when their terror turns to tears do they dare a second, curious look. On the closing page, they trade places for a practical joke that's left to the reader's imagination: " 'Oh, Mommy,' they both called together. 'Mommy, come quick!' " Lewin (Somebody Catch My Homework) draws in loose, Quentin Blake-style gestures of pen and ink, and fills the negative space with watercolor washes of dusky blue and brown. She envisions Monster (who reads a scary comic titled Boy) as a warty green gargoyle with clawed toes, a boar's snout and tusks. Koller invents a monster vocabulary: Monster "whimples" when Howard whimpers, and "sniggles" when his friend giggles. The plot is predictable and even a bit shopworn, yet the energetic telling and agreeable illustrations could put some fears temporarily to rest. Ages 4-8.
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PreSchool-Grade 2. When Howard tells his mother about the monster under his bed, she says there's no such thing. Young Monster's mother says the same thing when he describes the boy on top of the bed. When the two at last meet, however, with an eye-popping mutual "Aagh!" it's clear that they have much in common, including parents long since fed up with their offspring's imaginations. The bonds of friendship forge, and the final page shows the two hatching a plan to scare their disbelieving moms. Like Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968), this is a satisfying version of the familiar tale of child/monster coexistence. It runs a gamut of emotions from apprehension to frustration (both child and parent), terror, empathy, to, finally, the friendly sharing of a good joke. Lewin's ink-and-wash cartoon scrawls lend just the right exaggerated and humorous touch to put Koller's all-too-likely scenario over the top. Children will recognize themselves in this tale and will enjoy conjuring up denouements limited only by their imaginations.?Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1st edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563974908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563974908
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We got him this book to help discuss monsters and help him get over his fear.
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I would heartily recommend this title to anyone looking for a good book for kids.
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We heard this book at Storytime at our local library and fell in love with it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jillhancock@ivillage.com on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We heard this book at Storytime at our local library and fell in love with it. The kids loved the boy and the monster teaching their Moms that there is "such a thing", and all the mothers in the room were laughing at the familiar nightime ritual of little boys-- with a surprise ending. It is my favorite children's book and I think every kid should have it. Let them go to bed laughing about monsters under the bed, instead of being afraid of them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is so funny, it had four adult women laughing out loud! A little boy on top of the bed and a little monster under the bed are both told by their mothers not to be afraid--there's no such thing as monsters/boys! But the boy hears a snurkle and the monster hears a sneeze, and they KNOW! Delightfully written, with a surprise ending that's perfect. Wonderful pictures, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Groh TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We've been reading this for many years in our house. My son was much more sensitive to the whole, 'monsters' thing when he was younger but we read this anyway. He found the humor in it and it never bothered him the way other 'monster' books might have.

The premise is that a boy moves into a big, old, spooky house and is afraid of going to bed. But just as he is afraid of the monster under the bed, there is a monster under the bed that is afraid of little boys. The tables get turned and eventually, they both face their fears and each other and dispel the myths of what monsters do to little boys and what little boys do to monsters.

The boy and monster end up with the power in the end and play a little trick on their moms. A good book to read that really doesn't add any scare factor, it really takes it away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Love this book! My girls love reading books about monsters and this had a nice little twist! Very cute!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horse Lover on October 21, 2012
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This is a great children's book that I just purchased for my grandchildren, ages 1 - 5. They love the story, as I expected they would. I was an elementary school children's librarian from 2000 to 2007, when I retired. Kindergarten, First, and Second graders loved this story as well. I think all kids worry about noises in their closet or under the bed. This is a cute spoof on that theme and does not scare the kids at all. It seems comforting to them that a monster could be afraid of children! Great artwork, too. I would heartily recommend this title to anyone looking for a good book for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Mullins on November 24, 2012
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Hilarious story my first grade children love it! Especially the twist at the end! This is a a very funny story!
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This has been a favorite book in our family for years. Even now, when my teenage boys saw me getting ready to wrap this on up, they panicked! "You're not giving that away, are you Mom?" I had to reassure them that this was a new copy, not the one we had all shared. In fact, I'd purchased three so that I can eventually provide each of them with one of their own.

So why is this such a favorite? It turns the whole idea of the monster under the bed on its head! It eases those worries with great humor and a bit of fun at Moms' expense. And it teaches that you can't judge a person by what you've heard about them - you've got to find out for yourself - something that I liked a whole lot, but I don't think my sons ever noticed it (which is even better).
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Mother tells boy: "There is no such thing as monsters!" Monster mother tells son: "There are no such things as boys!" Then boy meets monster.

I read this book to kindergarten students around Halloween. One year my students voted it their favorite story. We sent the author an e-mail and she replied she was happy to know the students liked her book.
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